Who We Are

The Bristol Shakespeare Festival is an annual festival held during June and July, hosting performances and events inspired by the Bard in indoor and outdoor spaces across Bristol. Whether you prefer the traditional or the experimental, there’s something for everyone.

We’ve hosted companies from across the UK—and beyond!—and staged productions all over the city. Our touring companies have performed in spaces including Redcliffe Caves, Brandon Hill Bowling Green, Leigh Woods, Boiling Wells Amphitheatre, and every year the list grows!


The Team

Founded in 2003, the festival is run by a team of dedicated volunteers passionate about bringing the freshest, most exciting productions of Shakespeare’s plays to some of Bristol’s most beautiful and unusual spaces every summer.

Suzanne Booth
Artistic Director
Jacqui Ham
Festival Coordinator
Helen Orphin
Festival Producer
Richard Farrer
Volunteers Manager
Justin Stathers
Marketing Officer
Shona Rachel Waterhouse
In-House Producer
Fiona Wellstead
Events Manager
Afi Walker
Festival Designer

Get in Touch

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